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Sunday 12 June: Patron’s Picnic

On Sunday 12 June the Mall in St James’s Park, London will be transformed for its largest ever street party to celebrate Queen Elizabeth 11’s patronage of over 600 charities and organisations including St Alban’s Church and the ESU –on the occasion of her 90th birthday. Here in Copenhagen a Patron’s Picnic will be held outside St Alban’s at Churchchillparken at 12-00 after the Sunday service. Come and celebrate this happy occasion. Bring your own rug and picnic to join and share. The British Ambassador will be present and speak.

Thursday 16 June: Bloomsday

It has become a tradition for Joyce enthusiasts the world over to celebrate 16 June as Bloomsday, marking that day in 1904, when Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom undertook their epic journeys through Dublin in James Joyce’s landmark novel “Ulysses”. ESU members are invited to join the “Danske James Joyce Selskab” in their celebration. This will take place in “Selskabslokalerne Johan Semps Gade, Christianshavn. The festivities will include Irish dancing, a buffet meal and entertainment. Price 150kr. Enrolment and payment essential by 7 June. Please see attached invitation. This is in Danish, as is the event.

Saturday 27 August: St Albans’ Summer Fête

The Annual Summer Fête at St Alban’s Anglican/Episcopal Church, Churchill Parken 6 will be held on Saturday 20 August from 10am -5pm. This traditional fête, with its tombola, home-made jams, chutneys and cakes, second –hand books, bric-a-brac and other customary delights, takes place outside the beautiful church at Langelinie. Refreshments will be available throughout the day. Do come along and tell your friends. It is a really good day. Admission: free. For further details, including contact persons for donations, see website www.st-albans.dk

June-August: Hamlet Live- a Family Attraction at Kronborg Castle

Step into the Hamlet’s powerful universe when the castle comes to life. Daily 10am to 5pm. Tickets at kronborg.dk

Celebrating the Bard

Plans are also underway to mark the occasion of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary with ESU events with our own members Marlene Edelstein, Søs Haugaard and Ian Burns.

Week 46 (Nov 14 – 18)

Debating events with training sessions for teachers and students.

ESU International Public Speaking Competition

Lucas Yordi Bredal represented Denmark in the ESU International Public Speaking Competition in London in May. There were participants 48 from 45 countries. Lucas acquitted himself well but unfortunately did not go through to the finals. He did however have a wonderful week in London meeting and making friends with young people from all over the world. We look forward to reading Lucas’ report.

The English Project for May

Shakespeare, Richard II and African Languages.